Admiral Kuznetsov: China’s first aircraft carrier begins its first sea trial journey

By on Aug 10, 2011 in Asia, Events, World Comments

Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
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China’s first aircraft carrier named Admiral Kuznetsov began its first sea trial expedition on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, as reported by Xinhua news agency.

Previous reports said that the first aircraft carrier also known as Varyag was created in Soviet Union and obtained by China last 1998 from Ukraine for $20 million, however, its weapons and engines were removed before being sold to China.

Admiral Kuznetsov’s renovation reportedly made China to fulfill their long-term goal to create a carrier force that can develop power into the Asian region.

Apparently, it was intended to bear 26 planes and 24 helicopters and be endowed with the Soviet– designed and Kashtan close-in weapon systems such as AK-630 and CADS-N-1 respectively.

In addition to its renovation, it includes P-700 Granit anti-ship cruise missiles, Tor short-range surface-to-air missile systems and UDAV-1 anti-submarine weapon systems.

Ni Lexiong, an expert on Chinese maritime policy at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law was quoted saying, “Its symbolic significance outweighs its practical significance”.

“We’re already a maritime power, and so we need an appropriate force, whether that’s aircraft carriers or battleships, just like the United States or the British Empire did,” he added.

Meanwhile, military sources reportedly said that Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier’s first sea trial was a short journey and its renovation will still continue.

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